Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon Challenge
Why we need your help
Make a Difference - Run the World's Wildest Virtual Challenge
This inspiring event has raised over $7.5 million for wildlife conservation, education, healthcare, and livelihoods across Kenya. Every year, the marathon, which is organised by Tusk and Lewa, brings lasting benefits to rural communities and wildlife across Kenya. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you sadly can’t experience the race itself this year, but you can still make a huge difference by taking part in our 2020 Virtual Lewa Safari Marathon Challenge and help us raise vital funds for our projects. Then, why not come and run in 2021 and see the amazing impact for yourself!
One of Tusk’s major partners since 1995, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is renowned worldwide for innovative and highly successful community-led conservation. Lewa’s pioneering work helped recover Kenya’s black rhino population from the brink of extinction and protects 11% of the world’s critically endangered Grevy’s zebra. The Lewa Education Programme currently supports 21 primary and secondary schools and over 7,000 children. The community development programme provides water for drinking and irrigation. Crucially, it also supports agriculture, healthcare and road infrastructure.
Funds from this event support more than a dozen other projects in Kenya, working with local communities to protect endangered species from the African lion and mountain bongo to many turtle species along Kenya’s coastline.
As this is a virtual event with runners taking part at home, running around their garden, their streets, parks or on a treadmill, we are simply asking each person to make a minimum voluntary donation and if you feel able to go a step further invite your friends and family to sponsor you by setting up a fundraising page here.
Tusk is registered with Virgin Money Giving in the UK (or www.gofundme.com in the USA). Both online fundraising sites allow you to create a sponsorship form with easy access for your supporters, knowing their money is going directly to Tusk. UK tax-paying donors can enhance their contribution by agreeing to Gift Aid their sponsorship (for every £10 you raise, Tusk will receive another £2.50 from the Government provided you are a UK tax payer).
*If you are a Swiss or Canadian taxpayer and you wish to donate in-country to take advantage of tax benefits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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